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Marion Owen
 
Don’t give up on versatile, tasty turnips
My husband Marty’s a good sport. He’s my guinea pig when it comes to trying new foods. One day, I sliced up a new variety of turnip. Rather than sauté it in butter and serve it with salt and pepper, I decided to give it the naked taste test. So dipped a sliced wedge of the mystery veg into a hone...
Jul 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Strawberries and radishes join forces
I love it when a plan comes together, even if I didn’t plan it that way. In the garden, we have strawberries and radishes maturing at the same time, strawberries in containers on the deck (to keep them out of slug-harm’s way) and radishes in a raised bed next to the white, Hakurei turnips. Now yo...
Jul 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Tracking melting glaciers
Ocean chemists are calling it “revolutionary technology” as unmanned gliders track how melting glaciers may be intensifying corrosive waters in Prince William Sound. “It’s been hugely successful. We’ve flown these things all over inside and outside of Prince William Sound, we’ve had great control...
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Garden Gate: Outfoxing the fox sparrow
Finally, we have a cloudy day. After a long spell of nice weather, I was secretly starting to wonder if there was something wrong with the faucet up there. So the other night, in the cool of the evening, I spent an hour speed-transplanting flower, herb and veggie seedlings that were itching to ge...
Jul 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goldenchains much coveted up north
In mid-summer, you can see them standing alongside our roads, gesturing and aiming their smart phone cameras at buildings and side yards. Comments go something like this: “What is that amazing yellow tree?” “Is that a wisteria?” “Wow, I want one of those in my yard.” It happens every year, visito...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Superfoods in my pocket
On my way out to the car the other day, I reached into my pocket and found, not keys, but a handful of seeds. They must have spilled out of a seed packet that got crumpled and forgotten after sowing lettuce, spinach and cress last week. I pinched out a few seeds for a look. They were rust colored...
Jun 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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On Spruce Tips and Pirates
During Captain Cook’s voyages along the Vancouver Island coast in the 1700s, he often sent crewmembers ashore to pick the tender tips of spruce trees during late summer and early spring. The tips, with a mellow pine scent and crisp flavor were used to make a molasses-sweetened brew, not so much f...
Jun 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Chives a hardy herb to complement dishes
Last week, Joel and Martine Chenet of Mill Bay Coffee and Pastries organized a fundraiser event to benefit the families of Alaska State Troopers Sgt. Scott Johnson and Gabe Rich. The event, attended by nearly 80 residents, was the 12th year that Chenet organized the “First Salmon of the Year.” Ju...
Jun 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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